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The Random House Book of Poetry for Children : A Treasury of 572 Poems for Today's Child

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"A generous collection with a distinctly upbeat tone, this gives a taste of the best poets writing for children over the last several decades. Lobel's drawings imbue the whole with action and graphic images as inventive as the verse. Successfully geared to meet home, school, and library needs."—(starred) Booklist.  

This deceptively slender volume contains a treasure-trove of poems. Each page is crammed with verse and illustrations by Caldecott Medalist ...

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Overview

"A generous collection with a distinctly upbeat tone, this gives a taste of the best poets writing for children over the last several decades. Lobel's drawings imbue the whole with action and graphic images as inventive as the verse. Successfully geared to meet home, school, and library needs."—(starred) Booklist.  

This deceptively slender volume contains a treasure-trove of poems. Each page is crammed with verse and illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Arnold Lobel. EveryoneÆs favorite poems are complemented by fresh new voices and organized into such unusual themes as food, the city, spooky poems, and word play.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Prelutsky is one of the most trusted names in children's poetry. During the school year he probably gets a hundred letters a week from kids. Kids know that Prelutsky is their friend because he writes about the things they care about-outer space, monsters, dragons, sports, food fights, sibling rivalry, and weird friends. He never condescends. Prelutsky tell things in unique, interesting ways. He's compiled anthologies like this one where he draws on many current writers who he believes are some of the best children's poets who ever lived.
New York Times Book Review
The poems, two-thirds of which were published during the past four decades, are arranged by subject — nature, the four seasons, animals (especially dogs and cats) and other living things, city life, children, home, food, characters, nonsense verse, wordplay, ghosts and other strange creatures, and the unclassifiable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394850108
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/1983
  • Series: Random House Book of... Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 58,631
  • Age range: 3 months - 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.96 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Prelutsky

Jack Prelutsky was born in Brooklyn, New York.  He attended New York City Public Schools and studied voice at the High School of Music and Art.  He enrolled in Hunter College in Manhattan but left soon after "to become a beatnik".  Jack has been a cab driver, a busboy, a photographer, a furniture mover, a potter, and a folk singer.  He enjoys bicycling, playing racquetball, woodworking and cooking.  He lives in Washington State with his wife Carolynn and a vast collection of poetry books and frogs in every shape, size, and form — except living!  There was a time when Jack couldn't stand poetry.  In grade school he had a teacher who left him with the impression that poetry was the literary equivalent of liver.  He rediscovered poetry in his twenties, and he decided that he would write about things that kids really cared about, and that he would strive to make poetry delightful.  He has been writing poetry for more than twenty years and has published more than three dozen books for children.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2007

    Wow! great book!

    I have used this book for 24 years of my teaching career, reading poetry,and studying with my students. It's great for different occasions of the year, and the kids really enjoy it. Remember poetry must be read aloud to truly appreciate it. This book is great for that, in the classroom, or at home with your own children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2005

    Coool

    this was a good book made up of different poems and one of my favorite ones is titled John tom and James. A lot of the poems are realy funny and the best ones to me start on page 107

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2008

    THIS BOOK IS GREAT

    This book is great and many people should read it

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